As our latest issue of Joint Support was being collated, we were preparing to make a presentation to the Health Select Committee at parliament on 10 April (Read article here).

The Health Select Committee is a cross party group of MPs who consider all issues related to health. It scrutinizes government legislation, can call for submissions and receive petitions. Currently the Health Select Committee is chaired by Labour Manurewa MP Louisa Wall.

In addition to our submission to the Health Select Committee we have also made a submission to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee on the well-being budget measures for this year’s budget, and it’s the first occasion to our knowledge that Arthritis New Zealand has presented to it.

Our submission arises from the launch of the report by Deloitte Access Economics, the Economic Cost of Arthritis in New Zealand, last year. This report provides a wealth of information and data about the prevalence and cost of arthritis in this country.

The report shows the enormous cost of arthritis, and includes direct health sector costs, indirect costs such as productivity and efficiency loss due to lost tax revenue, and informal and formal carer costs. An important addition to the research is the inclusion of the cost of loss of well-being for people with arthritis. Arthritis substantially reduces the amount of healthy years of life lived and it is interesting to note that rheumatoid arthritis contributes to a greater proportion of the loss of well-being.

In addition to our submission, we meet with individual MPs from all political parties and in the lead up to the general election next year we will be asking people with arthritis to contact their MPs with questions we will provide. It is interesting to hear from some MPs that they have never heard from anyone in their electorate who has arthritis!

 Let’s change that.

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18 hours ago

Arthritis New Zealand

We have had a few people ask about hand pain on our online Facebook forums. Our fantastic Arthritis Educator Jane gave us this simple exercise you can do with household items most of us already have. Definitely worth a try! ...

View on Facebook

23 hours ago

Arthritis New Zealand

Our arthritis educators are waiting for your call! 0800 663 463 ...

View on Facebook

We introduce you to Kylie, an Auckland woman living with arthritis. ...

View on Facebook

Isolation is difficult.

Our arthritis educators are waiting for your call!

Call 0800 663 463 to get advice on nutrition, exercise and staying well during isolation.

We are here for you!

#covid_19 #coronavirus #arthritis #arthritis_new_zealand #arthritisnz
...

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Build your bubble ...

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Arthritis New Zealand

Twitter Feed

https://bit.ly/2vUpo4o
7 Tips for your mental health during the lockdown, for people with arthritis.
#COVID19lockdown #selfisolation #arthritis

https://bit.ly/2y9GIDc
Register using the code ARTHSOC in the field where it asks for a Super Gold Card number so that Countdown can work to filter you through the process as quickly as possible. If you have a Super Gold Card, enter the number too, after the code.

As well as our 0800 663 463 service, you can also call St John's Caring Caller service. Don't feel alone during the isolation period! Reach out!
Read more about Caring Caller: https://bit.ly/3duuiGj

Join our Facebook groups for specific forms of arthritis!
Search Facebook for:
Arthritis Online Support Group
Psoriatic Arthritis Online Support Group NZ
Fibromyalgia Online Support Group NZ
Osteoarthritis Online Support Group NZ
Lupus Online Support Group NZ

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Covid-19 Advice for Rheumatology Patients from the New Zealand Rheumatology Association.
We have had queries about whether or not people with an autoimmune disease should be staying home - we are getting an official answer and will post ASAP.

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